Yoga to Live by in 2016
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Faithfully 2015

Last night, as I was wracking my brain to come up with an end-of-year post that was reflective, inspirational and…

Jerk (An Angry Black Woman Poem)
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Jerk[i] For Dejerria Becton, Niya Kenny, the friend she stood up for, and for all Black women in defense of…

A Black Family Memoir from A Different World
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Since I see no reason to add to the thousands of think pieces EBONY magazine’s November cover story, “Cosby vs. Cliff,” undoubtedly…

A working definition of feminist part 1: Why not womanist?
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When Cameo King sent me questions about feminism to help me prepare for this broadcast, I had to take a…

A Piece of My ‘Good Girl’ Confession
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For today’s Faith & Feminism Friday, I refer you to a conversation recorded over the summer when I was honored…

Dear Future Husband, Please Forgive Me
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In a past life, I slut-shamed my future husband. Except I can’t really call it slut-shaming, because the standards of…

Radical Love is Intersectional
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I came across the above quote last semester in my academic research but returned to it in June, when the…

Recovering from Spiritual Perfectionism and Searching for Divine Guidance
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In my last column for NCR, I wrote about my somewhat surprising desire to find a church home in my…

Shifting Focus
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ME: I had a good life. My program wasn’t what I really wanted, and it was hard to do that…

A lesson from the Catholic Church: Demand change, believe survivors
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Similar to how priests who abused children were shifted from parish to parish but never disciplined. Systemic. https://t.co/87lcN7n0mN — Mariam…

Not Alone: Why I Wrote for ‘Faithfully Feminist’
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Around this time last year, I was parked in the lobby of a hotel in Tobago (the smaller island of…

Mad at Bill but Still Wishing for Cliff and Claire
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“He is guilty of self-confessed crimes against women such that we should break his albums, burn his tapes and scratch…

Tenderness, Masculinity, Femininity and God
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I remember attending a Sunday school class several years ago in which the gentleness of God was the topic. I…

The Best of Me Will Live
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On September 1, 2015, I will begin the master of fine arts program in creative writing at Rutgers University-Camden. This…

Anger is Better
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On the Sunday following the Charleston massacre hate crime, those who hadn’t reached the point where they could forgive the…

Things I Learned in Girlhood
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“There are all boys at Stephanie’s (invented name) house, so you can’t turn up like you do here. You have…

A House Divided Against Itself: An Open Response to Louisville FOP 614
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I’m willing to let this one go. Earlier this month, Louisville Metro Police Officer Nathan Blanford shot Deng Manyoun, a…

For Mother Emanuel
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   Though I am often critical of the Black Church, my criticism comes from a place of love and fondness…

I Deserve Love
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I’ve seen an interesting photo on Facebook a couple of times in recent days: In case you can’t see it,…

Redbone Afropuff in Transition
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  Last month, I unveiled my new personal mission statement: to help Black women and girls in my community discover…

A Working Faith
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  Earlier this week I wrote in my journal that I need a spiritual practice that includes faith and hope,…

Finding a Personal Mission

This summer, I’m finally making time to go through Javacia Harris Bowser’s e-course, “How to Write and Have a Life.”…

Something New for Easter

My church did Resurrection Sunday differently this year. The Drama Ministry and Choir conducted the whole service, except for the…

Let Us Seek True Justice

Note: I wrote the following passage for Sowers of Justice 2015 Stations of the Cross, an annual Good Friday walk…

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